Master of Language Administration

Sabine Kirchmeier-Andersen
Program Director

Copenhagen Business School announces its new web-based Master in Language Administration (MLA) degree, offered for the first time completely in English. The program will be available online in 2006, providing an excellent opportunity for serious technical communicators to earn an online degree from a highly prestigious business school. Although the program emphasizes administering multi-language information development, it is also an excellent program for any technical communicator who is looking for a program that has a strong business perspective.

CIDM director, Dr. JoAnn Hackos, has been a guest instructor in the program for several years and will participate in the online program.

What is the Master of Language Administration (MLA)?
The Master of Language Administration (MLA) is a two-year, part-time master’s program offered by the Copenhagen Business School. MLA is designed for professionals and managers with a background in languages and communication. The program is organized as web-based distance learning.

In the MLA program, you will get acquainted with the newest knowledge and learn “best practices” in company digital document production, information resources, and linguistic communication. You will learn to evaluate the use of language-technology methods and tools. Emphasis is put on the development of analytic skills and capabilities for project management. You will learn how to analyze, plan, and manage activities relating to the production and use of the company documents and Internet content. The goal, not only for the company’s language staff, but everyone who produces and uses the content, to experience improvements in the generation process and quality.

Teaching, which is based on the newest research and knowledge, is supported by international experience with techniques and methods. International authorities within the field are affiliated with the program and emphasis is put on networking and sharing experiences, including those of students in the program. By joining the program, you will also have the opportunity to work with organizational and management issues and develop your individual personal competences. You will get new inspiration, acquire new knowledge and push your career in the right direction.

In 2002, the MLA program received the “Excellence in Education Award for Innovation in Continuing Education” from the American Electronic Document Systems Foundation.

As of 2006, the MLA program is offered as an international master’s presented in English. The start of the international program is January 1, 2006; closing date for applications is November 1, 2005. It is also possible to apply as a single-subject student throughout the year.

Admission
The admission requirements include completion of a bachelor’s degree in languages, communication, technical writing, journalism, or information science, or equivalent qualifications, for instance, a certificate in LSP. In addition, three years of relevant work experience is required after finishing your degree, as well as a good knowledge of English.

The fee for the international MLA starting January 1, 2006 is expected to be approximately 11,000 EUR ($14,200 USD), covering all four semesters. This includes accommodation at four 3-days seminars in Copenhagen and other places in the world, company visits, teaching materials, on-line teaching and case collaboration. On-line application, as well as more information, is available at our web site at http://uk.cbs.dk/mla.

MLA Content and Structure
The program runs over four semesters and consists of five modules. Modules 1, 2, and 3 can be studied separately. Module 4 is taught through out all four semesters and therefore cannot be studied separately. Module 5 is the master’s Project.

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester
Module 4:
Strategy, Organization, and Quality Management
Module 1:
Text Production and Publishing
Module 2:
Term and Knowledge Bases
Module 3:
Machine Translation
Module 5:
Master’s Project

Modules 1–3 cover the areas of information and language technology:

  • Text Production and Publishing (Module 1)
    The aim of this module is to acquaint participants with the methods, standards, and technologies used for the planning, production, and management of company document-based information and knowledge resources (content management), as well as their publication on the company web site (intranet and extranet).
  • Terminology and Knowledge Bases (Module 2)
    The purpose of this module is to provide participants with the qualifications for working with the introduction and extension of term and knowledge bases, and to give them an understanding of how the use of terminology and knowledge bases can form part of the introduction or development of knowledge sharing at one or several levels in a company. The participants’ capabilities for procuring, processing, maintaining, and sharing business-relevant data are developed through practical tasks.
  • Machine Translation (Module 3)
    The aim of this module is to provide participants with a solid knowledge of the mode of operation and possible applications of machine-translation and translation memory systems, enabling them to use these systems efficiently in connection with the standardization and quality management of the translation tasks in the company.

Throughout the program, lectures are offered in

  • Strategy, Organization, and Quality Management (Module 4)
    The aim of this interdisciplinary course in strategy, organization, and quality management is to introduce students to a number of methods that will enable them to measure and quantify elements in the linguistic output.

During the four semesters that module 4 runs, students will learn to identify, understand, analyze, use, and disseminate knowledge about efficient communication within the organization. Their knowledge will contribute to changing existing routines, beliefs, and prejudices about the production of linguistic output, providing students with methods for changing the organization.

We work on the development of analytical and managerial competences, focusing on the business aspects of methods and technology.

Module 5 consists of writing your master’s project, which involves aspects of all the recurring themes of the previous modules. Participation in Module 5 thus requires having completed the first four modules. Moreover, Module 5 includes a project management course directed especially at projects involving language content.

Contact
Department of Computational Linguistics
Copenhagen Business School
Bernhard Bangs Allé 17B
DK-2000 Frederiksberg
Denmark

Program Director: Sabine Kirchmeier-Andersen
Ph.: (+45) 38 15 31 23, Email: ska.id@cbs.dk
Program Coordinator: Stig W. Jørgensen
Ph.: (+45) 38 15 33 34, Email: swj.id@cbs.dk